Let’s take a closer look at the side borders of my True Blue Quilts banner.
I stitched two types of flowers over the nine-patch design. The stems and leafs are similar. I use a meandering vine with leafs quite a bit as a border fill design.
On the left I stitched a “Swoop V” flower. The corners have a gentle curve (swoop) while the centers are a deep V. Aim for the corners and the center of the nine patch and you will soon find a rhythm for this flower.
On the right I stitched a flower with “tooth” petals. I have also used this design to represent hibiscus on a Hawaiian-themed quilt. The individual petals look like the top part of a tooth with a slight dip in the middle. I find that five petals fit nicely around a center, which can be a spiral or pebbles or a plain circle.
As Lori says on her blog The Inbox Jaunt, you can improve your free motion quilting by doodling. I have a small whiteboard where I practice designs as a warm up to quilting on fabric. I also keep a sketchbook with a felt-tip pen where I doodle new designs and old favorites.
It’s a great day to quilt! Let’s Enjoy, Experiment and Excel with our stitching!
My scrapbook is my main resource when I get stuck for a design. I never was a doodler till I became interested in quilting my own quilts.
Yes! Doodling and sketching really help build your free motion quilting skills!